Baroness Murphy

Power to the Patients

Baroness Murphy

Lord Crisp initiated a debate last night on “patient and citizen empowerment” in the NHS, a topic calculated to generate justifiable sighs of despair from patients. He confessed that as NHS chief executive for some years he said that patient empowerment was a top priority but in reality, not a great deal has happened in…

Back into the Fray

Baroness Murphy

You probably won’t remember but I said back in 2012 I was taking a break from the Lords, having a sabbatical. I never went away completely but I did get a book done which I’ve been promising myself to write for a long time. It’s due for to go to the publisher 1 July so…

Drugs Again

Baroness Murphy

Baroness Deech has already commented about the Select Committee on Misuse of Drugs (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmhaff/184/18402.htm). While I agree with much of her argument I take rather a different approach. I do not believe we should be ‘soft’ on drugs, on the contrary I think we should give an evidence based approach more serious consideration than we…

Compassion meter arriving soon.

Baroness Murphy

Compassion…today’s headlines trumpet a ‘new 3 year strategy’ led by the NHS Chief Nurse Jane Cummings to improve standards of care. Laudable, necessary, but doomed to failure. We know a huge amount about what constitutes good care and the reasons it goes wrong; rarely is it due to the quality of staff recruited or how…

The Italian Job

Baroness Murphy

I’ve just returned from watching the last of the olive harvest in Lucca, thankfully all gathered in before torrential rain caused landslips and destruction all over our area. And also with brilliant timing to avoid today’s general strike in Italy. Strikes are common in Italy, the consequence of an outdated system of labour relations and…